There’s some outstanding luxury accommodation and 5 star hotels in Donegal.
And, while the magical Lough Eske is the only 5 star in the county, there’s loads of swanky escapes on offer.
Below, you’ll find everything from boutique, adult-only guesthouse with stunning sea views to gorgeous spa hotels and more.
The best 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal
The first section of our guide is packed with our favourite 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Harvey’s Point and the Shandon to some often overlooked luxury hotels in Donegal.
1. Lough Eske Castle
This is a lavish 5 star spa resort on the edge of a lake a short drive from Donegal Town. Their elegant castle and garden suites boast beautiful decor and all the modern amenities you’ll need.
The hotel’s Cedar’s Restaurant is dining excellence at its finest and there’s also a cosy castle bar to relax in. The hotel has a spa, a swimming pool and extensive grounds to explore.
2. Harvey’s Point
You’ll find Harvey’s Point just outside of Donegal Town on the edge of Lough Eske. The idyllic estate overlooks the water and is set against the backdrop of the towering Bluestack Mountains.
They have 64 spacious suites which are designed with both comfort and luxury in mind. It also boasts a fine dining experience at the restaurant, a bar and a terrace where you can enjoy exquisite food with a view.
If you’re after complete relaxation, there’s also a wellness and treatment suite. Harvey’s Point, as the many outstanding reviews online will attest, is one of the most popular luxury hotels in Donegal for good reason.
3. The Shandon Hotel
They offer a range of rooms to suite couples as well as families, with some offering rooms of the bay. The spa here is what gives the Shandon its X-Factor.
You can step into the pool and gaze out to sea or you can kick-back in the outdoor Canadian hot tub and soak up the scenery.
We raved about this place in our Donegal spa hotels guide after we spent a couple of nights here – it really does tick all of the boxes for an indulgent weekend away.
4. The Redcastle Hotel
This well-appointed 4-star is one of the more popular luxury hotels in Donegal and you’ll find it right on the shores of Lough Foyle
The Redcastle Hotel is arguably best know for it’s views – you’ll see the sea from the restaurant, the spa and from some of the rooms.
The beautifully decorated rooms incorporate part of the buildings 18th-century architecture while the resort is home to everything from a spa to a 9-hole golf course.
5. Rockhill House Estate
Rockhill House Estate is some of the most overlooked luxury accommodation in Donegal, and you’ll find it on a wonderfully manicured estate to looks out over Letterkenny.
Rockhill is an elegant country manor house that allows guests to step back in time while enjoying bright and spacious rooms kitted out with mahogany for poster beds and an attention to detail that you generally only see in the 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal.
There’s several places to retreat to in the evening, including the Stewart Dining Room (for breakfast) and The Church for lunch. There’s also 2 on-site bar areas.
More luxury accomodation in Donegal
OK, so we’re going to move on from the 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal to a section that tackles luxury accommodation.
Below, you’ll find some of the swankiest self-catering accommodation in Donegal, with several rivalling the fanciest of hotels.
1. Sea Vista Boutique Accommodation
Despite being a B&B, our next property could go toe-to-toe with some of the finest 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal.
Situated in Greencastle, this guest house offers views that’ll make it hard to leave at the end of your stay.
Honesty, hit play on the video above – it really is something else! This is a 5-star escape and many of the rooms, each of which is beautifully decked out, offer stunning coastal views.
2. St Columbs House
St Columbs House is another of the more popular Inishowen hotels and it makes a luxurious base to explore the peninsula from.
This property is a fully renovated period home with only 6 bedrooms. However, what it lacks in size it more than makes up in charm and character.
Finely placed for dropping into Buncrana’s pubs restaurants, this is a grand little place for a weekend away.
3. The Castle Inn
Situated within the scenic coastal village of Greencastle, the Castle Inn is some of the more unique luxury accommodation in Donegal.
It boasts bright, elegantly decorated rooms with the added bonus of breath-taking ocean views.
There’s an on-site restaurant that dishes up top-notch grub and the property is a short ramble from the town’s pubs (Sean Ti / Cavanagh’s is hard to bate!).
4. Ballyliffin Townhouse
The last property in our guide to the best luxury accommodation and 5 star hotels in Donegal is the Ballyliffin Townhouse.
Situated in the seaside town of Ballyliffin, this 4 star hotel has a newly launched Tess Rose Ocean Spa boasting a Sunken Jacuzzi, Infrared Saunas, Foot Baths, River Walk and Amazon Themed Showers.
There are several room options on offer and the Townhouse Deluxe Room is arguably the most luxurious.
What luxury hotels in Donegal have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some luxury accommodation in Donegal from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about the finest 4 and 5 star hotels in Donegal
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Which 5 star is the cheapest?’ to ‘Which is the most lavish?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
What are the best 5 star hotels in Donegal?
There’s only one – Lough Eske. However, there’s plenty of luxury hotels in Donegal, like Harvey’s Point and the Shandon.
What are unknown luxury hotels in Donegal?
Rockhill House Estate and the Castle Inn, while hugely popular, don’t get half the credit that deserve.
I was born in a quiet corner of a Gaeltacht on the Dingle Peninsula. Over the years, I’ve explored Ireland far and wide, from the wilds of West Clare to the shores of Sherkin. Particularly fond of heritage, history and hikes (and words beginning with ‘H’, apparently…).